“Let the joy of Eid ul-Fitr fill your homes with warmth and your hearts with a sincere desire to strengthen mutual trust and achieve unity, to spend the holiday in peace, harmony and health with your families, relatives, neighbours, friends and all people of good will. Let this great holiday make your thoughts and wishes always positive and make you do only good, carrying love and respect for all inside of your hearts.”
Yet again, our good friend Raziff (affectionately known to us as ‘Nana’) invited us over to his home for Hari Raya (Eid ul-Fitr) and we couldn’t be happier. Why? Because we always look forward to the spread that Kak Jah slaves over the stove to prepare.
Situated in a quiet neighbourhood in our favourite suburban town of Rawang, Nana’s home recently underwent a ‘facelift’ and is looking better than ever.
|cosy as ever|
We were greeting by Hamzah, Nana’s grandson and one-man welcoming committee. A young man of few words, Hamzah’s angelic and pensive looks belies a beautiful mind.
|Hamzah, our welcoming committee|
We don’t blame you for being envious of the feast spread out before us. 1Nasi Tomato, 2Satay Goreng Ayam, 3Satay Goreng Daging, 4Gulai Ayam Kampung, 5Gulai Tulang Lembu, 6Daging Rendang, 7Sambal Udang, 8Nasi Himpit and the pièce de résistance… Jeli Pelangi!
1long-grain rice cooked with tomato paste
2pieces of chicken stewed till tender in a spicy and aromatic coconut sauce
3pieces of beef stewed till tender in a spicy and aromatic coconut sauce
4free-range chicken cooked in a type of soupy curry-like dish
5beef ribs cooked in a type of soupy curry-like dish
6spicy meat dish rich in spices; uses coconut milk and a paste of mixed ground spices, which includes ginger, galangal, turmeric leaves, lemon grass, garlic, shallot, chillies and other spices
7chili fried prawns with belacan shrimp paste, onions, garlic, tamarind juice
8rice cake or compressed rice dipped in satay peanut sauce
9literally means rainbow jelly
Enough with the words; as always when it comes to Kak Jah’s cooking we will let the photographs paint a thousand words…
|are you salivating yet?|
|our compliments to the chef!|
|satay goreng ayam/daging|
|ooh la la...|
|gulai ayam kampung|
|pheewit! jeli pelangi|
We’re pretty sure this post will undergo several rounds of editing before it becomes the finished article as we will be consulting Kak Jah for the precise and accurate descriptions for her marvelous dishes.
Finally, our heartfelt gratitude to Nana and family for making our Hari Raya a memorable one ღ
|Nana's lovely family|
|one big Malaysian family ღ|
|Hamzah and his parents|
We'll be back next year, invited or not (just kidding!)